Camp Changes Lives!

The Need:

The goal of The Salvation Army Camp program is to provide every child we serve the opportunity to have an exceptional and affordable summer learning experience. Our camp staff and mentors have experience working with children whose families are trapped in generational poverty and provide hope that their future doesn’t have to look like their today. Our camp is not just about fun, of which there is plenty, but also about helping our kids fight summer learning loss and food insecurity – all in a safe, and nurturing environment.

Camp Paradise Valley:

Camp Paradise Valley provides an opportunity for campers ages 7 to 17, to get outside of the city to breathe some fresh air and embark on a trail of self-discovery. Throughout their stay, campers enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Campers can experience sports, small scale farming, wildlife, rock wall climbing, music, art, archery and more! Situated on over 417 acres at Dale Hollow Lake, Camp Paradise Valley provides a multitude of opportunities for our campers to get up close and personal with nature! Boating, fishing and hiking are all on the agenda. Campers also have an option to become “seekers” who have decided to change their life through a personal relationship with God.

Red Shield Day Camp:

Our Red Shield Day Camp provides working parents the confidence that their child is in a safe, nurturing environment during the summer months. Did you know that the equivalent of one month of a child’s overall learning is lost over the summer break, and it takes 6-weeks of review  by teachers in the new year to get a class back to where it was in May? So not only will our kids be playing sports, creating music and art, but they will be learning skills needed to prepare them for their next school year and minimize summer learning loss. Since 1 in 4 children in our community face hunger daily, we also provide two meals a day plus snacks to combat food insecurity.

How Do You Change Lives?

For children of financially strained families in Louisville’s urban footprint, traditional summer camp programs are simply too expensive. The Salvation Army provides ways for children in struggling families to reap the positive benefits of camp without the hefty price tag. Our goals include sending at least 150 children to a week of overnight camp. In addition, we want to serve an additional 100 children via a Red Shield Kids Day Camp program with up to 50 attending The Salvation Army Portland Community Center and 50 participating at The Salvation Army South Louisville Community Center. When you partner with us, you help ensure that 250 under-served children in our community have the chance to experience the outdoors, make new friends and learn new skills. You will ensure that local at-risk youth do not have to spend their summer time unsupervised or being influenced by the effects of crime and violence in some of our community’s most distressed neighborhoods. Can you help The Salvation Army level the playing field for low-income kids by providing funds that support positive summer experiences, regardless of a family’s resources?